The DA’s Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, says the siblings can than explain why they appear to have undue influence over Zuma and some of h is government Under this rule, Parliament is empowered to “summon any person to appear before it to give evidence on oath or affirmation, or to produce documents.”
The request to summons the Guptas before South Africa’s highest legislative authority come from the Democratic Alliance (DA) who has written to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Public Enterprises requesting that the Gupta brothers are summoned to Parliament in terms of rule 138(a) of the National Assembly (NA) Rules.
This follows a slew of business agreements the Guptas have entered into with the South African government. “It is indeed common knowledge that the Gupta brothers are close to President Zuma, and one of his sons, Duduzane Zuma, is a shareholder in a number of companies owned by the family.
“In fact, just last month reports confirmed that the Competition Commission is presently investigating the deal between Glencore, who owned Optimum Mines, and the Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration. There is much controversy and secrecy around the deal. It is undeniable that Eskom remains the country’s largest purchaser of coal and it is essential that all contracts that affect this state owned entity are closely scrutinised and proved to be above board and free from any form of corruption. Now more than ever, following Eskom’s request to NERSA of a 16,6% electricity tariff increase, it is essential that all suppliers must be providing competitive pricing and top quality produce,” says Mazzone in a statement.
She also makes reference to the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer rands being given to the Gupat’s New Age Breakfasts by government departments and a slew of government deals which appear to have been obtained irregularly. “The time has come for the Guptas to appear before Parliament so that it may satisfy us that they have not been receiving unabated preferential treatment from government departments and from the President himself.”